Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:21

NBN Co, Adtran sign FttDP broadband equipment and services deal

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NBN Co has inked a deal with US-based networking equipment provider Adtran, in a supply agreement for software, hardware and services, to support the fibre-to-the-distribution-point (what NBN Co calls fibre-to-the-curb) component of the NBN rollout.

Adtran, based in Alabama, is a provider of software-defined networking and communications equipment, which enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures.

In a statement, both companies say that to date, a number of key milestones have already been completed including a GPON (optical fibre splitting) network interoperability proof-of-concept programme of work.

In addition, Adtran says its IT specialists have been working in "a collaborative, agile development process with NBN Co’s IT team to implement Adtran’s standards-based, multi-vendor DPU (distribution point unit) management solution, utilising an open microservices architecture".

What that essentially means is that NBN Co will employ Adtran to implement its FttDP rollout.

NBN Co’s chief network deployment officer Kathrine Dyer said: “The rollout of the NBN Co network is one of the most complex and ambitious telecommunications projects to be undertaken in any market around the world.

“We look forward to working with Adtran on bringing the network into reality including working together on our world leading fibre-to-the-curb network that is set to serve more than one million homes and businesses around the country by 2020.”

“Rolling out new technologies can be a complicated and costly endeavour for network service providers, especially in multi-vendor environments,” said Jay Wilson, Adtran senior vice-president for technology and strategy.

“Adtran’s highly programmable SD-Access solutions utilise an open microservices architecture that supports the adoption of network automation that reduces service provisioning times, human error and IT complexity, while enabling the desirable customer self-service capabilities.”

As usual, how much the deal is worth has not been disclosed.

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